Wednesday, November 18, 2009

New Moon: Werewolf Cupcakes

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I can't believe New Moon is finally coming to theatres in 2 days! When I saw the werewolf cupcakes in Hello Cupcake, I knew I would eventually get around to making them. Even though I'm on Team Edward, I had to make something to support Twilight. It only took me forever to try and attempt these because I was afraid they would turn out looking more like blobs. The piping part actually wasn't as hard as I thought it would be even though my super hot hands kept softening the frosting. I would have loved to use all butter, but I think the little bit of shortening was necessary for stability. Store bought frosting might have been easier for piping because of its consistency, but for something that I spent hours working on, it felt like a waste to have to eat the canned stuff. Instead, I kind of came up with my own, beginning with a 1:3 ratio of shortening to butter and then adjusting the other ingredients for taste and consistency. One of the best things about Hello Cupcake is, you don't really have to buy special tools. I wasn't really up for making my own ziplock piping bag so I used the Wilton tip 352

I know a lot of people were disappointed with Twilight, but I think New Moon will be a gazillion times better. It seems to have a more 'real movie' feel to it and they got rid of that annoying blue tint!

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Hershey's Perfect Chocolate Chocolate Cake
2 cups sugar
1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup HERSHEY'S Cocoa (natural)
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup boiling water

1. Heat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour two 9-inch round baking pans.

2. Stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in large bowl. Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla; beat on medium speed of mixer 2 minutes. Stir in boiling water (batter will be thin). Pour batter into prepared pans.

3. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks. Cool completely. Frost with "PERFECTLY CHOCOLATE" CHOCOLATE FROSTING. 10 to 12 servings.

ONE-PAN CAKE: Grease and flour 13x9x2-inch baking pan. Heat oven to 350° F. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake 35 to 40 minutes. Cool completely. Frost.

THREE LAYER CAKE: Grease and flour three 8-inch round baking pans. Heat oven to 350°F. Pour batter into prepared pans. Bake 30 to 35 minutes. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks. Cool completely. Frost.

BUNDT CAKE: Grease and flour 12-cup Bundt pan. Heat oven to 350°F. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake 50 to 55 minutes. Cool 15 minutes; remove from pan to wire rack. Cool completely. Frost.

CUPCAKES: Line muffin cups (2-1/2 inches in diameter) with paper bake cups. Heat oven to 350°F. Fill cups 2/3 full with batter. Bake 22 to 25 minutes. Cool completely. Frost. About 30 cupcakes.

Chocolate Frosting
6 tbsp butter
1.5 tbsp shortening
3 oz chocolate, melted and cooled
1 cup powdered sugar
2 tbsp cocoa
1 tbsp corn syrup

Melt chocolate and set aside to cool
Cream butter and shortening until creamy and there are no lumps
Add cooled melted chocolate to butter and shortening mixture
On low, add powdered sugar and cocoa until incorporated
Add corn symrup and continue mixing on medium low.



    And hey, I'm stoked for 'New Moon' - should be great :)

  2. Awesome! My girls and I can't wait for the movie!! My husband is less excited. ;)

  3. OHMIGOSH!!! Love these! I'm going to spread the word that you have New Moon cupcakes! :)

  4. You did a fantastic job!! These are so neat!!

  5. These are adorable - as an everything Twilight fanatic (I'm actually going out of town to have a whole girl's day/ New Moon sleepover with some of my gal friends) I'm in love. :)

  6. Oooh! Fun New Moon cupcakes! What a great way to celebrate the big opening. I liked Twilight, although I didn't think the vampires were quite gorgeous enough. Can't wait to see New Moon! I thought the book was better than Twilight.

  7. A Plus for you! These look like they come straight from Cake bosses bakery! I love them. New Moon was mine and my husbands favorite book out of the series..for the action it provided. We are planning to go Sat. I don't want to be with ALL the peeps on Friday...getting to old for that!

  8. I just made hershey's chocolate cupcakes, too!!! I love that recipe. Your werewolves look cool!

  9. Oh these are so perfect!!! Great cake too, I love the hersheys cake!

  10. Looooove your cupcakes - they are such a hit! I'm definitely going to a sneak premier tomorrow night before it opens nation-wide w/ my gals! I'm totally w/ you, this one will be much better than the first :)

  11. Whoa Steph!!

    Those are the coolest cupcakes. I LOVE them!


  12. "annoying blue tint" lol, so true! These look very cute! They're getting me excited for the movie!!

  13. now if only they got rid of that annoying acting. *cough*kristen stewart*cough* :D but to be fair, this one should be TONS better. i'm so excited for the volturri!

    can i mention how much of an adorable dork you are for making these? :)

  14. ps. t-minus 14 hours 'til i see it! woot!

  15. OK seriously too cute to eat!!! love um!

  16. You did a beautiful job on these! I took a Hello Cupcake class recently and these were one of the hardest ones to make, but the challenge was fun for me. Yours are perfect.
    Looking forward to New Moon as well!

  17. OMG, this is freaking hilarious. I am no Twilight fan (though I did see the first film - what blue tint??) but I can appreciate others' devotion and I love this idea.

    Team Edward... vs Team... what? I have so much to learn! ;)

  18. Love your Werewolves. You could make a full moon by rolling a yellow-tinted frosted cupcake in yellow sugar too. Love the comments from Twilighters! You guys are serious!

    Happy cupcaking,
    Alan and karen from Hello, Cupcake!

  19. These are awesome, you did a super job! But, I do disagree... Team Jacob all the way! ;o)

  20. WOOOO! Seeing it tonight at midnight! Team Edward all the way.

  21. Why am I not surprised? Haha even though I don't care for New Moon, your cupcakes look great. I know some friends who would enjoy those with the movie.

  22. Oh, how perfect! Definitely New Moon-ish (go Jacob!)

    I've made the Hershey's recipe many times and know it's fantastic.

    Great job!

  23. Gorgeous cupcakes!!

    Did you see New Moon already? I'm going tomorrow and can't wait!!!

  24. Adorable!! I'm super impressed, they look awesome!

  25. these are amazing! Too cute (if a werewolf can be cute?)

  26. They look great Steph and I can't wait to see the movie.

  27. Those are hilarious! You have to do those again for Halloween for sure.

    That chocolate cake recipe brings back memories. It was the first chocolate cake I ever made.

  28. Love the cupcakes, Steph! I still haven't seen Twilight yet, or read the books. I'm so behind!

  29. These are so cool. And who the hell was disappointed with Twilight? Everyone I know loved it. But they do say that New Moon was even better. I thought Edward was so not good looking until I watched the movie then all I could think was 'bring on the hickies'. Anyways, I am very impressed with these cupcakes. Have a great Thanksgiving Steph!!!

  30. Just saw it last night! Loved this movie better than the first! Love your wolf pack cupcakes

  31. I probably won't see the movie, but I've heard good things from my girlfriends. They said it was better than the 1st one.

    Nice job on the piping skills. You may be a little timid in the straying from the recipe thing, but you're def adventurous with that pastry bag :)

  32. Ooh great looking cupcakes!! The piping job is great!

  33. Great job, Steph! You should open your shop with these, I'm sure those pre-teens (and sweet teeth like me) would go crazy over them :)

  34. WOW! They are SO adorable! What a good looking dessert to put on the table for celebration! :)

  35. How absolutely fantastic of you! Now that's a fan for you. I agree, if you have hot hands you need that shortening despite the butter's fabulous taste. Way to go, I love them!

    Thank you so much for your comment, I can't always leave comments either but I love seeing what you are up to. Amazing.

    I think you're right, they got a male director and made the movie more action-based to draw more guys to the theatre but come on, how greedy can you be? Like you're not already making enough money and risking on blowing it because the female audience isn't enough? Thanks a lot!

    You're right, I was amazed that they included little details, I so wasn't expecting that and it took me right back to the books.

    And thank you so much for confiding in me you also hated the last book. I am feeling very vindicated and less sore over my absolute disappointment in that book. OK, done writing my own book here! LOL. Thanks again.

  36. Hey, those are awesome! You have such a fine eye for detail.

  37. Wow Steph, those cupcakes look seriously amazing!! I should check out the Hello, Cupcake cookbook.

  38. GREAT! I wish I could be able to do some for my son...I am sure he would love that!

  39. Man these are awesome cupcakes - whether you like werewolves or not!



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